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Genus Xenochalepus

Xenochalepus ater (Weise) - Xenochalepus ater Interesting Hispine, 	Xenochalepus robiniae - Xenochalepus robiniae Chrysomelid - Xenochalepus ater leaf beetle - Xenochalepus ater Beetle on Mullein leaf - Xenochalepus ater Beetle on Mullein leaf - Xenochalepus ater Xenochalepus? - Xenochalepus ater
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Chrysomeloidea (Long-horned and Leaf Beetles)
Family Chrysomelidae (Leaf Beetles)
Subfamily Cassidinae (Tortoise Beetles and the Hispines)
Tribe Chalepini
Genus Xenochalepus
Explanation of Names
Xenochalepus Weise 1910
4 spp. in our area (all in the nominate subgenus), ~100 spp. in 2 subgenera total(1)
Neotropical genus, with 3 spp. ranging into sw. US and one in the Atlantic states (MD-GA) and MO(2)
on Fabaceae (Glycine, Phaseolus, Robinia)(2)
Works Cited
1.Catalog of the hispines of the World
2.American Beetles, Volume II: Polyphaga: Scarabaeoidea through Curculionoidea
Arnett, R.H., Jr., M. C. Thomas, P. E. Skelley and J. H. Frank. (eds.). 2002. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.